Ada teacher cleared of wrongdoing

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

ADA, Okla. -- An investigation of a school teacher since November has been closed.

We first told you about the shocking allegations last month. Allegations leveled at Ada High School teacher Kathy Lowry by some of her own students. Now an investigation by the school's attorney says she did nothing wrong and should keep her job.

Four months. Eight pages. It all boils down to this:
“I do not find sufficient evidence that would support the school administration taking any action against Ms. Lowry based on the allegations made against her at the February 11, 2008 board of education meeting...” Those are Kenneth Johnson’s words. He is the school attorney, and the man Ada Superintendent Pat Harrison asked to investigate the whole thing.

It was February when Ada High students Daniel Luhmann and Jane Cooper went before the school board, firing a barrage of accusations at English teacher Kathy Lowry. Stating, among other things, that the teacher handed out valium to students on an airplane, provided alcohol in her hotel room on a school trip, and drove the school van after having alcoholic drinks with dinner. They also claimed Lowry was harassing them at school, and even after-hours--trying to get them to keep quiet.

Lowry fired back last week by suing her former student and his mother for slander and libel. Also named in that suit is a colleague of Lowry’s – Sharon Dean, who is also a teacher at Ada, and Christy Dean.

Nobody involved would grant us an on-camera interview Thursday, although Rachel Vick did speak off-camera and submitted a statement through her attorney, which called Johsnon’s report ‘incomplete’ it goes on to say ‘this matter is far from being over…’

Superintendent Pat Harrison also sat down to answer questions off-camera. He said as far as the school is concerned, this matter is closed. But with attorneys now fully involved on all sides, the real battle could just be getting started.

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